Tennessee Fried Catfish

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  • 6 skinned, pan-dressed catfish or other fish, fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups cornmeal


  1. Thaw frozen fish. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Beat eggs slightly and blend in the milk.
  3. Dip fish into the eggs and roll in cornmeal.
  4. Place fish in a heavy fry pan which contains about 1/8 inch melted fat, hot but not smoking. Fry at a moderate heat. When fish is brown on one side, turn carefully and brown the other side. Cooking time is about 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
  5. Drain on absorbent paper.
  6. Serve immediately on a hot platter, plain or with a sauce.

Serves 6.